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Olivia Wilde graces the cover of Marie Claire’s August 2011 issue and touches on a myriad of topics during an exclusive interview with the publication, including her divorce from Italian prince Tao Ruspoli and reentering the dating scene.
Wilde, 27, filed for divorce from her husband of eight years in L.A. County Superior Court in March, citing irreconcilable differences.
“The trauma of the whole thing has been humbling, and for the first time, I’m a little bit wobbly,” the Cowboys and Aliens star tells Marie Claire, adding that she and Ruspoli remain close friends.
“I’m a case of arrested development, in a way – from spending your 20s with someone who really loves to take care of you, as my husband did. But I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.”
While the stunning actress admits to enduring emotional turmoil in the wake of her divorce, she came to realize that the upside of ending her marriage included improvements in her acting ability.
“It makes you a more empathetic person, and I think it’s made me a better actress,” she confesses. “Weakness is something we don’t like to admit we have. We hold it against people, until we experience it, and then we feel more compassion for it.”
Wilde has been linked to such high-profile Hollywood stars as Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, and Justin Timberlake since the split. But despite all the rumors surrounding her love life, she admits that reentering the dating scene is a daunting task.
“I’m trying to be adult, entering the shark pool of dating, but I’m hopeless at it!” she adds.
The August 2011 issue of Marie Claire hits newsstands July 19.